Sunday, April 24, 2011

Metro LGUs to receive P1M for solid waste management

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will release P1 million each to all 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to support their programs to manage solid waste.

DENR chief Ramon Paje said the support fund will be given to make sure that LGUs in the country’s capital region will comply with Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

“The DENR is ready to provide as much as P1 million to each LGU within Metro Manila to assist them in monitoring the compliance, particularly of subdivisions and condominiums, in the implementation of RA 9003," he said in a statement Sunday.

He added that he has already coordinated with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Francis Tolentino regarding the support fund.

LGUs are expected to use the fund to enhance waste segregation from households and other sources, and to utilize the help of non-government organizations (NGOs) to formulate an effective waste management system, especially in residential areas, according to Paje.

He added that the release of the fund will be covered by a memorandum of agreement between the DENR and the LGU, which will determine the subdivisions and other neighborhoods that will become beneficiaries of the fund.

“Compliance to the law is only a matter of discipline. With strict enforcement of the law, discipline will surely follow," he said.

RA 9003 mandates all LGUs to be responsible of solid waste management in their respective areas.

Based on DENR records, Metro Manila households and industries generate more than 8,700 tons of garbage a day—around 25 percent of the country’s total daily solid waste.


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